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I'm a fan of the side plates that hang off the Swing Arm
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Got it somewhat back together. Did a quick hone to get the glaze off and it looks good. Rings are in great shape so I am going to stick with them. Removed the pistons for clean up, all mating surfaces cleaned. Ready to go back together. Then ready for paint and hours and hours of re-polishing the side covers.
Wow.....
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Wow.....
Sorry I do not feel like doing a complete rebuild on a 30+ year old motorcycle that I got for free. It ran fine before, it will run fine after.

If it blows up...not a big deal. I can easily find a KZ400 Frame and engine for nothing and do a better cafe' build with that.


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That's where I had it before with a self made L bracket. Didn't have a light or anything and a few cops questioned it. Plus, I think I will like the way I will mount this on the rear of the tail. Ended up getting the one with the intergrated turn signals. The regular tail/brake was going to be 17-28 business days to ship.
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I'm not a fan of the plate being off the swingarm. I'm more for a traditional cafe bike. Bikini fairing aircooled with some beefed up suspension.
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I'm not a fan of the plate being off the swingarm. I'm more for a traditional cafe bike. Bikini fairing aircooled with some beefed up suspension.
Ya, mine is going to be mounted in this same position

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Sorry I do not feel like doing a complete rebuild on a 30+ year old motorcycle that I got for free. It ran fine before, it will run fine after.

If it blows up...not a big deal. I can easily find a KZ400 Frame and engine for nothing and do a better cafe' build with that.
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No worries, you're not hurting my feelings any. As you put it, it's your bike.

As a fellow rider, I just know it can be frustrating to put so much time and effort into cleaning up a bike and making it shine; only to run into issues down the road with the engine.
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No worries, you're not hurting my feelings any. As you put it, it's your bike.

As a fellow rider, I just know it can be frustrating to put so much time and effort into cleaning up a bike and making it shine; only to run into issues down the road with the engine.
That's cool. Luckily I started with a good canvas, so I am taking a risk for sure. I just know if I started into the engine build full bore, I wouldn't stop and I would spend my budget on engine parts and so forth. Plus the availability on some engine parts is scary.

I will complete the build and if all said and done I get a few thousand miles this summer before anything lets go, that's a win IMO for a free bike and a couple hundred bucks sunk into it. Being married, owning a home, several cars and doing house mods. My free time and spare cash for the bike is low. But it will get done soon enough.

Thanks for the input, I'll take any I can get
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Hopefully I can get the engine completed this weekend and painted.

With this nice weather, I may cut some time off the frame and get it de-tabbed, stab the motor and start to ride.
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Got a little done.

Engine together, just need to torque all fasteners.

Did some mock up of tail light, how I want my wires underneath the seat pan, removed the wheels for cleaning, paint, tires. Dropped the forks in the tree.

























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nice, that thing looks damn clean compared to mine lol. wish i had a house w/garage up here instead of an apartment so i could work on it a little.
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Got my carbs done & jetted + some UNI Pods

Started to re-shape the stock foam seat. Going to make the edges rounded

PlastiDipped stock mirror. I kinda like the look, gives it that retro style I am after









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De-tabbed the frame. About 1lb of useless metal. Still need to grind smooth, finish & paint

Modified my signal stalks so they attach to my headlight bucket and hold it to the ears.

Painted 1 rear shock to see how it would turn out, good imo

Painted my fork lowers. Thought they turned out pretty good. Not show quality, but should hold up to the elements well.

Random mock up, still got some work ahead of me.















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Got my new battery. Smaller, more powerful BikeMaster TrueGel. Will be mounted underneath my new seat pan.

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Where did you get that from? I am looking for more powerful battery for my bike.
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Where did you get that from? I am looking for more powerful battery for my bike.
Actually from Freedom Cycles in Grandview. I had dimensions of my pan, got a battery closest to those dimensions.

Part# I got was a 780515

It's a 13A, 4.63 lbs. Wanted a light weight one, but didn't feel like spending $160+. This will work just fine. Way better than stock, dry, already charged, I can mount it any way I want, will last twice as long too.

List was $113 but he sold it to be for $80 flat

Look into their website about their TrueGel, seems pretty good and legit. It has great reviews from many other motorcycle vendors.
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Spent several hours mocking up brackets and what not for the battery. Figured out I can mount it underneath the rear tail on this raised cross brace. Some simple brackets to that, make a small box for it for a tight fit and you can barley see it from the rear straight on or the side.

I will be ditching the rear inner splash shield, but no biggie. Was not in my initial plan.

I think I FINALLY chose some tires.
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Engine painted, minor things threw on to see what the look will be.

Pipes will be kept the way they are. I will just cut the very ends off and have some new tips put on, swelled at one end and I will make my own angled slash cut.

Few bolt heads will be polished also

Fins on the head and jug will be exposed alum.















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I would of left the bolts to adjust the tappets polished, looks good though man!
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Damn that is looking good!
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Thanks guys!

They will be. I got tired of masking off crap. Rest of the bolt heads on top will be polished or nicely sanded Aluminum. Not sure if I want bling bling polished or just enough to stand out and be quality.


i r not sure

Rest of the bike is a little aged, brushed alum. So having the engine near perfect may be a bit off.
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Changed my mind I don't know how many times on tires. Finally opted for the Shinko 712's in 110/90-19 Front and 130/90-16 Rear. Good price, good reviews and I like the style of the tread.

Front Tire and other goodies will be here Friday







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First round of clean up of some random parts. Wire wheel, then sand, polish, sand polish, repeat.


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Damn son. That thing is lookin great!
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Thanks guys. It's coming along.

What do you think about this. Yellow Laminex on the headlight?

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